Rudy Rides the Rails: A Depression Era Story

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Sleeping Bear Press, 2007 - Juvenile Fiction - 32 pages
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In 1932, Akron, Ohio was no better off than other parts of the country.Since Black Tuesday in '29, companies are closed, men all over the stateare out of work, and families are running out of hope. Thirteen-year-oldRudy wants to help but doesn't know where to turn. His father, sullen andwithdrawn, spends his time sulking on their front porch. His mother isdesperate, not knowing how she will feed and care for her family. WhenRudy learns of other boys leaving town and heading west to seek theirfortunes, he hops a train figuring at least there will be one less mouth tofeed at home.As Rudy lives the hobo life while he "rides the rails" to California, youngreaders are given a snapshot view and testament of Depression-era America.Writer Dandi Daley Mackall met the real "Ramblin' Rudy" in 2000 and wasinspired to capture his story and the spirit of adventure shown by many duringthe Great Depression. She conducts writing workshops across the United Statesand speaks at numerous conferences. Dandi lives in West Salem, Ohio.Rudy Rides the Rails is Chris Ellison's second book with Sleeping Bear Press.He also illustrated Let Them Play, which was named to the 2006 NotableSocial Studies Trade Books for Young People list. Chris is presently working onanother Tales of Young Americans story about the Oklahoma Land Run. Helives in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.

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User Review  - whitneyharrison - LibraryThing

This story is of a boy who wants to help during the Great Depression. He leaves home trying to live in the real world and find some money. What he does find is kindness from others. From Hobos, and he learns the tricks of surviving. This is a great story for adventure. Read full review

About the author (2007)

Dandi Daley Mackall received an undergraduate degree from the University of Missouri. She is an author of books for both children and adults and has published more than 450 titles. Her books include Eva Underground, Love Rules, Kindred Sisters, Just One of Me, Rudy Rides the Rails, and the I'm Not Afraid series. She is has won several awards for her writing, including the Helen Keating Ott Award for Contributions to Children's Literature and a two Mom's Choice Awards.

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